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Kata, the preset movements forming the backbone of all karate styles, have been a source of endless confusion for the vast majority of karate students. All students learn how to perform the kata, but there has never been an effective explanation of how they are applied. Until now!
Nathan Johnson, a third-degree black belt in karate and a fourth-degree black belt in kung fu, has spent two decades on his quest to find the true meaning of kata. In Zen Shaolin Karate, Johnson explains and illustrates in precise detail every subtle movement of two of karate's most common kata, and provides historical testimony for his explanations by integrating his findings with Zen philosophy. The author's unique interpretations of the Nai Fuan Chin and Saam Chin kata will destroy the barriers separating karate, kung fu, and aikido, and will revolutionize how kata are applied in all karate styles.
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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Tuttle Publishing; 1st edition (March 15, 1994)
  • English
  • 5
  • Sports & Outdoors

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  • By Cody on March 29, 2004

    Since most of what I have to say has already been said, but better than I could, I will keep this brief.If you practice OMA or the JMA derivitives, get this book.The presentation of the sets and their application is awesome. I practice Isshinryu karate, so of course my sets differ in appearance from these, but it's obvious that the root is the same, and so is the potential for application.Before this book, I was ready to consign my Sanchin practice (sans Ibuki breathing) to a mere upkeep level. But, since I read this text, it is going to be on the front burner of study, along with Naifanchi and Sunsu.With the exception of the obligatory "crotty history" and certain apparently style-specific techniques on pages 1-79, this book is awesome.Now, read the other reviews, then buy this book.

  • By AkuumaX on January 20, 2005

    A must have book for any martial artist who practices karate.Not necessarily a technical book, but it does give an alternate opinion on the history of karate.And the kata are very useful for distributing energy.

  • By C. Hardman on December 29, 2002

    The title of this book, "Zen Shaolin Karate" unfortunately conjures the image of an Americanized kenpo style. Nothing is farther from the truth--Author Nathan Johnson offers a superb interpretation of two of the most widely practiced fundamental kata (forms) of Okinawa Karate, the Sanchin Kata of Goju Ryu, and the Naihanchi Kata of Shorin-ryu. Johnson has researched these two forms, and reconstructed them as he believes they were performed before being altered to teach to the masses. We see for the first tome in an English language publication, Sanchin performed open handed. Naihanchin is presented as one complete form in three parts (as researchers believe it was performed prior to Itosu's time). For both forms, bunkai emphasizing locking and grappling is demonstrated, including close up photos showing how the locks are performed.Johnson is in essence, apparently attempting to reintroduce the older Chinese methods of study, a growing trend among some Okinawa Karate stylists. My one sticking point with this book is Johnson's lack of bibliographic sources, he isn't very specific about how he did his research and how he reached his conclusions. What were his influences, who did he talk to, who did he study with, what articles and volumes did he read? Johnson's second volume, "Barefoot Zen" does much to remedy these questions. Both volumes are excellent studies which will be helpful to anyone going through the stages of paring down and understanding thri art.

  • By Jed Rutherford on September 28, 2011

    Budoka attracted to the hoary philosophical/metphysical roots of karate-do will enjoy this book, which should be rad with the author's "Barefoot Zen".

  • By KYUSHO99 on November 15, 1999

    This book is excellent. It starts off giving the history and origin of Karate which is very interesting. Then it goes right to the point learning. If you want a book that teaches you to relax and also teaches you some self-defence this book is for you. If you learn by reading instructions for the applications of moves it includes that along with detailed pictures. This book is a must have for all martial artists.


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